The District Court of Helsinki in Ruoholahti, Helsinki. LEHTIKUVA


A restaurant owner has been sentenced to a 40-day fine for two counts of using unauthorized foreign labor by the Helsinki District Court's decision on May 8, 2023.

The employer had employed foreign workers who did not have the right to work in Finland. The employer had neglected to verify the workers' right to work, despite being repeatedly instructed by the occupational safety authority of the employer's obligations regarding the use of foreign labor.

The employer is also required to keep records of the foreign workers employed and the basis for their right to work at the workplace.

According to the District Court, the employer, who had employed several foreign workers for a longer period and undergone official inspections, was aware of the employer's obligations and the consequences of their violation. This case highlights the importance of employers' obligations to verify their workers' right to work, especially when employing foreign workers. Failure to do so can result in severe penalties, including fines and other legal consequences.

This case also raises awareness of the issue of unauthorized foreign labor, which is a growing problem in many countries, including Finland. Employers must be aware of their obligations and ensure they are not employing foreign workers who do not have the right to work in the country. It is crucial to protect the rights of workers and prevent the exploitation of vulnerable individuals who may be at risk of being exploited by unscrupulous employers.